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. the saga for merrill newman, who spent a month in detention, it's over and he's back with his family. >> merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not have known how much more difficult a journey it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's back in the u.s. looking healthy with his wife by his side and a simply message. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but happy to be here tk you all for the support we got. very much much appreciated. >> merrill newman was a soldier in the korean war. his visit to pyongyang was a long-planned vacation down memory lain. the north koreans released this video, likely forced, by merrill newman, admitting his affiliation to the white tigers. ancient history. for north korea, ever mill tarized and ready to fight off the impeerials. the two countries are technically at wars having not signed a peace treaty, and his release likely required the personal approval of kim jong un. why north korea decided to let merrill newman go now is a mystery. >> after he comes home and has a chance to get well-deserved rest. we'll have more to say
odyssey is over for merrill newman, back home with hisno carrierringring with the white tilers. for merrill newman the war was ancient history. for north korea, ever ready to fight american imperialists. merrill newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, are techniy at war and as such his release likely required the personal approval of the country's leader kim jong un. why he let merrill newman go now remains a mystery. >> after merrill newman is home and has a rest, we'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journey. for now, though, we ask you to allow us time to be with him as a family. we ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae. >> he sentenced to prison. caught spreading the word of christianity - viewed as a greater threat than a soldier merrill newman. >> what is interesting about the situation is something revealing about releasing merrill newman. if you look at the two people, a soldier and missionary. after all merrill newman was a soldier fighting in the korean war and was probably responsible for the d
thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the memorial grows for the antiapartheid leader. power outages and a travel nightmare. wintry weather spreads across the u.s. >> tonight a u.s. veteran is home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a month. merrill newman arrived in the 85-year-old was accused of committing crimes while he served in the korean war. his family called merrill newman's time in north korean's hands, "a very difficult ord eel", >> melissa chan has the story. >> when merrill newman made the trip, he would not have known how difficult it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's in the u.s., looking healthy, w
. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
.s. veteran is home in america, reunite with his family. in a moment we'll hear from merrill newman about his tourist trip that ended in detention. >> it will be cold. temperatures across the nation will stay below average. right now it's minus 14. it feels like we are minus 45 degrees. we have bone-chilling conditions across the northern area of the country. going down to the northern plains, temperatures subzero. we are at 1 degree in minneapolis. not much of a warm up is expected. there's advisories particularly for the wind chills through the dakotas. with the cold air we are expecting to see snow before day's end. >> meanwhile, a veteran held by north korea for weeks has returned to his family in california. north korea detained 85-year-old merrill newman, while he was visiting places where he fought in the corey an war. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not know how difficult it would turn out. after weeks in detention, he's back in the u.s., looking healthy, wife by his side, with a simple message. >> good home coming. i'm tired, but i'm here with my family
than a month behind bars, 85-year-old merrill newman has flown home to his family. more in palo alto. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not have known how difficulty a journey it was to get out. but now he's back, with a simple message. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now. and thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciated! >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit to pyongyang was a long planned vacation down memory lane. he was not an ordinary soldier, the north koreans are had this film, at the ready to fight out what their propaganda calls american imperialists, newman was an enemy with the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, never technically at peace. why the country decided to let newman go now, remains a mystery. >> after merrill comes home and has a chance to get some well deserved rest we will have more to say about hi unusual and difficult journey. for now we ask you to allow us to be with him as a family and we also ask that you not forget ano
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
korean government is back home tonight. merrill newman arrived at sfo this morning but as don knapp reports he wouldn't comment on the time in captivity. >> reporter: a round of applause greets merrill newman walking through san francisco's international terminal. back home after being held six weeks by the north korean. >> government. >> great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. and -- thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> reporter: newman declined to talk about his experience. later, news crews waited for hours at newman's retirement home for a chance to learn more. he didn't show. newman advised south korean guerrillas during the war. on october 26th as he prepared the fly -- no fly home from north korea they entered the plane and removed him. that's week they released this video of newman reading a so- called confession apology. >> with the information of the kp a and attack the communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: the north korean video signaled an impending release according to stanford'
.s. military veteran held captive in north koresince late october. 85-year-old merrill newman arriving at san francisco airport earlier today. by the way, that was after turning down a ride on air force 2 with vice president biden. speaking to reporters about being back on american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. tired but ready to stay with my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> we are following the story in los angeles. i have to say, he looks pretty good considering what he's gone through. >> absolutely. this is a 32-day ordeal. that's quite a lot for an 85-year-old guy to go through. he wouldn't say exactly how the north koreans had treated him. the only comment he gave us was the food was healthy. no other details. he was very much aware there had been heavy diplomatic efforts to get him released. something he acknowledged when he spoke to the press earlier. listen to this. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in beijing for all their help. >> he'd been accused by the north koreans of cr
-old korean war vet detained since october a. video released over the weekend shows merrill newman reading an apology for crimes against the state. let's bring in cnn's barbara starr. she's at the pentagon watching this situation what do you know? >> reporter: good morning, chris. swedish diplomats have been able to visit newman, but his family, of course, wants him home. >> i can understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> reporter: north korean state media released this video over the weekend of detained american tourist 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apomg. pyongyang says newman admits he is guilty of big crimes when he not for the u.s. in the korean war working with anti-down intoist gorillas planning now 60 years later to try to meet up with them. it shows newman signing the four-page statement, dating it, seemth it with his thumbprint in red enk. what happens to him next isn't clear after being held since late october taken off a plane just as hess tour group was leaving. the white house is now weighing
merrill newman, the 85-year-old north korean war vet, coming home, having been held for a month, over the weekend so he is free. but there is still another american held prisoner there, kenneth bae, the christian mission snaer, has been held for more than a year now in a country that is unstable. if there is a power struggle, makes it very difficult for diplomats to work out how to get him home. >> some serious discussion regarding that man, bae, on whether the worm, dennis rodman, might be able to facilitate such a deal. >> we can only hope that dennis rodman can bring his unmatched diplomatic skills here and make a difference. somehow i doubt it. >> kind of doubt it, too, but if there's a way to get him to focus on that sort of thing, it would be wonderful to get kenneth bae home. >> if dennis rodman can do it, all power to him. >> i've been following, and many of you have, too, this matter in ukraine. there's a very important country in the middle of a strategic -- in a strategic location where the government seems to want to be on the side of russia, and the people want to be sort
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
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